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COVID-19 : WAPIKONI IN "OUT OF SIGHT, CLOSE TO HEART" MODE

The Wapikoni Mobile has taken into consideration the latest developments regarding the COVID-19 and has been applying, for a few days now, protection measures for its staff, its participants and its human collective.

As an organization working with creators and Indigenous communities, we advocate for prevention. Therefore, we have decided to apply the measures put in place by the governments (federal, provincial, municipal, First Nations and Inuit) to contain and slow the spread of the virus so that our most vulnerable brothers and sisters can get the care needed.

All international delegations have been cancelled and we are reassured to know that none of the members of our collective who participated in events abroad, before the necessary measures were put in place, were affected by COVID-19.

IMPACTS ON OUR ACTIVITIES
We have put measures in place to ensure that our team can continue their work and closely monitor our planning for future activities. All members of our team are working remotely and can be reached by e-mail or telephone. 

Here is a list of events that are postponed or cancelled in the next 2 weeks:

  • All the awareness workshops
  • The workshop on our new teaching guide planned in New Brunswick
  • Our participation at i-Docs planned in collaboration with Concordia University
  • Our participation in a Wapikoni broadcast in prison planned with RIDM
  • Our creative stopover in Unamen Shipu planned in collaboration with Tshakapesh
  • The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)
  • The Wapikoni program at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris
  • Our participation at HOT DOCS
  • The International Education Summit 2020 and the launch of our teaching guide
NOW MORE THAN EVER, WE NEED TO ACT TOGETHER
Because we care about the well-being of our communities, participants, mentors, youth outreach workers, partners, and staff, we also invite you to respect the measures established in an effort of collective responsibility.

For now, we prefer you out of sight but always close to the heart!


MESSAGE TO INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES
We wish to reach out to First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities across the country because we know that the history of pandemic management has often poorly helped our brothers and sisters in need. We therefore invite you to contact us at communication@wapikoni.ca if you feel that we could help in the dissemination of information related to your local realities, needs or positions regarding the services put in place by the authorities.

*** The whole team thanks you for the collective effort and let's not forget to support our seniors! ***

Because we are convinced that culture can bring people together even at a distance, we invite you to take advantage of this period of confinement to browse our online collection. More than 1200 works in just one click: a great way to pass the time while enjoying the works of our inspiring creators.



In solidarity,
Odile Joannette, Executive Director